Saturday, September 21, 2013

Black Boss Porter

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (971) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2013
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.19 ($0.13 per ounce).

Appearance: Deep mahogany/ruby red/near black hue. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains really well.

Smell: Confectionery notes of liquid toffee and scorched caramel. A subtle, but noticeable alcohol presence as well.

Taste: Black Boss Porter is a hidden gem in beer stores across the nation. This is an authentic Old World style Baltic Porter that’s very flavorful, remarkably drinkable, and is priced dirt cheap. We sometimes forget (or just plain don’t know) how good obscure beers from obscure countries can be.

Baltic Porters have a certain quality to them that makes them stand out from other strong porter and imperial stouts. The flavor is akin to a beefy brown ale with a rich toffee and peanut brittle taste. Caramel is also noticeable, but not quite as prominent. Usually, beers this big tend to be quite hoppy for balance, though I wouldn’t say this one is noticeably bitter. The alcohol seems to override what hop character there may be, imparting some heat, but also some sweet, liqueur-like flavors of dark cherry and chocolate. What’s also interesting is that the aftertaste is quite clean and in no way cloying. I definitely recommend this as a great example (perhaps the best example) of the style.

Drinkability: As if the taste to Black Boss Porter wasn’t good enough, the delivery is what seals the deal. The mouthfeel is calm, soft, tepid, and thick but in no way sticky. It goes down silky smooth, in fact, it’s difficult to sip (as it probably should be). The 9.4% ABV does make itself known as it imparts some gentle warmth throughout the swig. You could call it a tad distracting, but it’s in no way annoying. 
Grade: 9/10